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3881  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Erase Selected Files Securely on: May 18, 2011, 06:09:28 AM

Quote from: Caine on May 14, 2011, 03:52:14 PM

There is usually a restore disc that comes with a new computer which should format and reset the system back to factory defaults.  I would check there if you want to go the full route. 

That's not good enough, as it won't really erase anything, except parts of the files that are overwritten by new one.

Eraser is a good, free tool for this purpose.
3882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arnie to Hollywood-I told you i would be Back!! on: May 18, 2011, 05:16:21 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 17, 2011, 10:37:28 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 17, 2011, 08:40:20 PM

Well, I guess he has now firmly locked himself out of his political career, which means he'll have to rely on his career as an actor from now on. Hooray! smile


Oddly enough he had this kid before he ran for Governator.

I don't really see what's odd about it. It's amazing that he's managed to keep it secret for so long though. The fact that he comes out with it now shows that he has no aspirations of continuing his political career.
3883  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arnie to Hollywood-I told you i would be Back!! on: May 17, 2011, 08:40:20 PM
Well, I guess he has now firmly locked himself out of his political career, which means he'll have to rely on his career as an actor from now on. Hooray! smile
3884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 17, 2011, 08:28:29 PM
Well, I just finished the prologue in The Witcher 2, which took me about 4 hours. It was pretty damn linear, but I don't think that goes for the rest of the game. After those four hours, the game finally took pity on me and displayed "Chapter 1" on the screen. slywink

The production values are through the roof. The story itself is full of mystery and is pretty grounded for a fantasy story, not unlike A Song of Ice and Fire actually. The combat is very, very challenging, at least when you're up against groups of enemies. I went straight for the skill upgrade that allows you to parry attacks from all directions, and it has helped a lot. Parrying seems to be vitally important, but it seems to drain from the same reserve that you use to cast spells, so it's not truly safe to rely too much on. Rolling and dodging only gets you so far, as the enemy will recover before you have a chance to strike back, unlike with a parry. Enemies with shields are fearsome because they require you to wait for an opening or make one with a parry. If you're surrounded by enemies, you really don't have such opportunities. It seems potions will become very important to survive. Spells too. The one that gives you 30 seconds of physical protection has saved my ass numerous times.

The game does a lot of fade-ins and fade-outs between and during cutscenes. It can be a bit weird at times.

The comparison with A Song of Ice and Fire is interesting, as I was just talking to a friend earlier today about the way succession works in that setting and how bastards fit into the whole thing. Lo and behold, The Witcher 2 seems to dive into the same kind of theme with the same kind of issues.
3885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 17, 2011, 05:59:12 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 17, 2011, 01:44:19 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 17, 2011, 08:47:17 AM

There's no bluffing, no planning, no trickery, no gambits, no clever moves.


and no need to even play the dice games if you don't mind missing out on some inconsequential quests, if the first witcher's use of the dice games set the precedent.   icon_wink

I kind of liked the dice games.  gambling is a game of chance and makes perfect sense in the game's setting.

But that's exactly my point! The game doesn't make sense in the setting since everyone talks about it as if it's a game of skill, with you hunting down better and better opponents in a game where there can be no such thing. It destroys the illusion that you're in a real, living world (though it's a minor thing, admittedly).

It also annoyed me to go through all those dice throws in the original Witcher against a computer player that cheated, in a game where nothing I did would improve my chances at winning, all just so I could finish every quest in the game. Dice Poker added nothing but frustration to the game, and was a puzzling game design concept from a team that should know the difference between random chance and skill contests.
3886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 17, 2011, 09:49:37 AM
The game just unlocked on Steam a few minutes ago. Servers are too busy to let me start the download, but I'm sure it'll get better pretty fast. smile
3887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 17, 2011, 08:47:17 AM
So, I was just reminded of Dice Poker, which apparently is back in this game. Is anyone else kind of annoyed about that? It completely rips me out of the world they've designed when everyone talks about strategy and mastery of a game which has no strategic or tactical elements whatsoever. There's always only one best move to make, and it's always obvious. There's no bluffing, no planning, no trickery, no gambits, no clever moves. It's just the rolling of dice. To make matters worse, the original Witcher would cheat (ie. give the opponent better die rolls) to make later opponents seem stronger. It just goes to figure that even the developers realized at one point that there was no other way to make an opponent seem more skilled in a game with no skill.
3888  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: May 16, 2011, 08:35:00 PM
There's supposedly at least one other gay character in the book too, but it appears he has been cut from the series. They may write him in at a later time, but I suspect they'll just merge him with another character. There's also a bit of lesbian action going on in a few places.

Now, can we all stop obsessing about the gay stuff? (not really aimed at GT, but at the Internet reactions to the episode)
3889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/16) on: May 16, 2011, 07:00:15 AM
L.A. Noire for PS3 and The Witcher 2 for PC.

What a great week! As if that wasn't enough, next week starts with a bang with the release of Grid 3.
3890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN - Now coming back online on: May 15, 2011, 08:31:41 PM
Since the PSN store won't be open until the end of the month, it's a bit premature to expect announcements about it just yet. You never know though.
3891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN - Now coming back online on: May 15, 2011, 06:09:04 PM
Still down in Norway. Not that I care much. I pretty much never play multiplayer anyway.
3892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN - Now coming back online on: May 15, 2011, 03:12:50 PM
Michael Pachter talks about the PSN situation in this week's Pach Attack. While he isn't privy to much insider information, he does know the legal stuff and economics.
3893  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 15, 2011, 07:27:42 AM

Quote from: Gryndyl on May 15, 2011, 12:02:43 AM



Been there, done that, laughed our asses off. smile
3894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 14, 2011, 09:41:47 PM

Quote from: jersoc on May 14, 2011, 06:44:20 PM

this didn't cost hundreds of millions to make, remember they are a Polish company. Plus they probably didn't blow half their budget on marketing like some other publishers do.

If they didn't do that, they're fools. Them being based in a country with a cheap work force makes it even more likely that they've spent 50%+ of their budget on marketing, and that's how it should be, from a business perspective.
3895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2K announces Duke Nukem Forever for 360, PS3 (and PC) 2011 on: May 14, 2011, 09:38:09 PM
I suspect MP isn't the main focus for this game, as they barely talked about it at all during the looooong development. I fully expect the SP to be awesome. Duke Nukem says so, and he's awesome too.
3896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kombat returns on: May 14, 2011, 08:36:29 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 14, 2011, 07:21:37 AM

How do you select alternate costumes once you unlock them?

Instead of selecting a fighter in the normal way, hit Start when the cursor is pointing at him.
3897  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The countdown is on.... on: May 13, 2011, 06:50:31 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on May 13, 2011, 06:31:26 PM

Quote from: spigot on May 13, 2011, 06:26:14 PM

Doesn't Skynet become self-aware when CK-Bot hits 50k?

I think CK IS Skynet.

Well, at least it's harmless then.
3898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: May 13, 2011, 03:04:48 PM
In for Mouth of War, if nothing else because it reminds me of the glorious days of playing Doom. smile Too bad This Love wasn't included.

3899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down...forever? SOE hit now too!? on: May 10, 2011, 05:26:50 PM
Like I said, with the deadline at the 31st of May, the original information was correct. My source was a different (Norwegian) news site that interpreted the Sony statements correctly.

As for the multiplayer being up within the next few days, that's from the same source. The idea was for Sony to bring up multiplayer last week, but with no Playstation Store. They missed that deadline, but announced that they were in the final stages of testing their solution. That should mean they're just days away, unless something unexpected happens.

But don't let me stop you all from panicking. What would be the fun in that?
3900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down...forever? SOE hit now too!? on: May 10, 2011, 04:56:14 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 09, 2011, 05:55:27 PM

May 31st is the new target date.  I'm just hoping they don't decide to cut corners in order to have things back up by E3.

Don't spread misinformation now. It's already coloring the opinions of several posters here, judging from the last few posts. May 31st isn't the target date, it's the deadline to bring the entire PSN network back up. Since they are willing to give us a deadline date, they probably intend to be done earlier than that. Furthermore, they do expect parts of the network to be up very soon. The multiplayer portion, for example, should be up in the next few days.
3901  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Blu Ray! on: May 08, 2011, 08:09:41 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 08, 2011, 06:33:43 PM





has this scene been released 'officially' yet?..i have seen most of it on Youtube,but i think this could be one of the 'new' deleted scenes on Disc 8 of that Blu-Ray set,as well as that lightsaber construction scene from Jedi that was seen last year

IIRC, there were three deleted scenes, presented in full, on a Star Wars CD encyclopedia that was released in the mid- to late 90s. One of them was the scene where Luke meets Biggs Darklighter just before they take off for the Death Star attack. This scene was later added to the actual movie. Another scene was the one where Luke, along with a simple droid, watches the battle between the two ships next to Tatooine at the beginning of A New Hope through a set of binoculars. The third and longest scene (I seem to recall it was nearly 10 minutes or so) was the one in your screenshots. It featured Luke and his local friends (including Biggs) hanging out at what appears to be a set of abandoned buildings (though that may just be because no special effects were added to liven the scene up) and talking about life in general. Biggs takes Luke aside and tells him that he has decided to jump ship with a group of people from the Academy and join the Rebel Alliance. I can easily see why this scene was cut, as it's quite long and dull at a moment when the audience is expecting to see more about the droids and Vader's hunt for them.

So in short: I don't think that scene has been released as DVD extras, but it has been released officially as part of a commercial Star Wars product.

It's funny how the original version of A New Hope featured Luke getting completely bummed out when Biggs dies during the attack on the Death Star. The audience hadn't even seen the guy before that battle, and they had no way to tell whether or not Luke knew him. Turns out all his scenes were cut, including the ones that explain how he's Luke's best friend, who grew up with him on Tatooine and practiced piloting with him. Biggs was the main reason why Luke was so eager to join the Academy (and later the Rebel Alliance). When you know this, Biggs' death suddenly ends up having quite an impact.
3902  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon! 7-1-2011! on: May 08, 2011, 07:54:33 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on May 08, 2011, 07:20:07 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 08, 2011, 08:00:50 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on May 08, 2011, 05:48:47 AM

The Twins are back, because, you know they were so awesome the first time.

I'm going to need a citation for that one, particularly since Michael Bay specifically said that this movie wouldn't have the Twins.

http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/transformers-movie-just-movie-31/brand-new-upgraded-twins-in-transformers-3-169687/

Sounds like speculation based on just seeing two cars to me. Here's a more relevant article, from the 15th of April: http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=76485

The interesting parts are

Quote
Don't expect the "twins" from "Revenge of the Fallen," that's for certain.

followed by

Quote
"There are two small characters. They start off a bit goofy, but they have a huge comeback. One of them is a new character."

So it sounds like either just one of the twins is back, or none. In their place is a different duo (with maybe one of the old twins in reimagined form) that is less silly and has a more important role to play in the plot.
3903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down...forever? SOE hit now too!? on: May 08, 2011, 03:32:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 08, 2011, 03:17:14 PM

Until KeePass gets hacked.

Wouldn't make any difference. My passwords are still protected in a secret place by a secret password. They aren't stored on a KeePass server.
3904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down...forever? SOE hit now too!? on: May 08, 2011, 02:52:42 PM

Quote from: JCC on May 08, 2011, 02:17:05 PM

I am talking about the people whose credit cards were stolen off of PSN.

You say that as if it was fact. There is little reason to believe any actual credit card numbers were stolen in the attack. If they were, they would have been used by now, as their value would have been reduced for every hour that has passed since the attack happened due to people being aware of the breach.

No, you should be much more concerned about your username and password. Hackers gaining access to my info doesn't worry me in the slightest since I have different, random passwords for every site I visit. I highly recommend that you follow this practice too. By using an application like KeePass Password Safe, this becomes much easier than it sounds.
3905  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon! 7-1-2011! on: May 08, 2011, 08:00:50 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on May 08, 2011, 05:48:47 AM

The Twins are back, because, you know they were so awesome the first time.

I'm going to need a citation for that one, particularly since Michael Bay specifically said that this movie wouldn't have the Twins.
3906  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Blu Ray! on: May 04, 2011, 08:49:40 PM
Regardless of the cover, this is a must-buy for me. I can't wait to see both trilogies in HD, even though The Phantom Menace is hard to stomach.
3907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good single system multiplayer & co-op games, indie and otherwise? on: May 01, 2011, 07:21:16 PM
The two games that immediately come to mind are Killzone 3 and Resident Evil 5. Both support playing through the entire campaign split-screen.
3908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down going on a week now on: May 01, 2011, 08:52:42 AM
I was surprised to see that the patch system on PSN still works. Has it been up the entire time?
3909  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: April 30, 2011, 09:56:45 PM
I recently watched the first three episodes again, and there's a lot of groundwork being laid for what comes later, even if it isn't clear at the time. Rewatching it, I notice a lot of the stuff going on behind the scenes. The first time around it felt strange that these characters would get mixed up in every fringe event out there. Now I know why that happens, and what it means. Hell, even major plot points used in later seasons are introduced early on, such as the amber appearing as early as episode 3.
3910  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: April 30, 2011, 07:54:54 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on April 30, 2011, 07:32:07 PM

You may be right but
Spoiler for Hiden:
Did you notice the date on the memorial plaque?  2021   Peter is also in the future! If you are right and the universes actually merge, its going to be interesting to see if the individuals merge as well or if theres doubles all over the place.

I don't know why you're using spoiler tags. Anyone stumbling into this thread without having seen the latest episode is begging for it. slywink

I didn't notice the plaque btw. That makes my theory less likely I guess.
3911  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: April 30, 2011, 06:37:25 PM
It looks to me like the machine isn't actually going to destroy one of the universes, but instead is going to merge them and lead to an all-out war. That's the only viable explanation I can think of for the ending of this episode anyway. It took place at Ground Zero, which places it in our own dimension, but then agents from Fringe Division started showing up, which places it in the other dimension. The only logical explanation is that both are merging, with catastrophic results for both.
3912  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: April 27, 2011, 06:49:58 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on April 27, 2011, 06:43:11 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 26, 2011, 11:42:14 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on April 26, 2011, 10:42:58 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 26, 2011, 05:49:09 PM

There's no official RP server in America for LOTRO, is there? With this transfer, if the European servers become available for US players, you'd suddenly have access to a real RP server. smile


How is the RP server different?

Ale

It enforces certain rules (at least in theory. It has slipped a little since the early days). Among these are naming conventions (if your name isn't appropriate to the setting, you must choose another one) and a requirement to never be out of character in public (ie. when talking with the Say command).

Wow, that last one seems like it'd be tough to enforce. Do they rely on other people reporting it?

Ale

Yes. It wasn't a problem during the first year or so after the game was released, as the community policed itself and worked very well. As far as I can tell, things have slipped a bit since, and Codemasters haven't been very adamant about enforcing the rules lately. It used to be that I could report someone for having a stupid or offensive name (like swearwords in non-English languages, or recognizable names from other settings), and they'd have it changed the day after.
3913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii 2/HD/Stream/Cafe/Eel's Wet Dream Imminent? on: April 27, 2011, 04:36:00 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 27, 2011, 03:43:36 PM

maybe that is why they are releasing their new machine next year,as it will be similar specs to current 360 and PS3,but because it is new,people will buy it,even though they may even have a similar powerful console in the PS3 or 360

Where do you get this from? I haven't read much about this new console yet, but it's my understanding that it's supposed to be the first next-gen console with better specs than the PS3 and 360.
3914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: April 27, 2011, 03:07:55 PM
Yeah, it really just sounds like you were playing on the wrong difficulty.
3915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kombat returns on: April 27, 2011, 02:52:19 PM

Quote from: skystride on April 27, 2011, 02:42:29 PM

Anyone have tips for Raiden vs Shao Khan?  I'm willing to resort to cheese.

And cheese you must. It's a silly battle.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Just walk up to Shao Kahn and immediately teleport once he attacks. Do a sweep, wait until he gets up and attacks again, then repeat until he's dead. It's really easy this way.
3916  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Age of America is about to end on: April 27, 2011, 04:56:34 AM
China's economic growth is partly artificial. They build entire new cities for the growing middle to upper class, but nobody moves in because so few can afford to. It's possible to visit these cities today, and you'll find them to be eerie ghost towns. China builds these cities to inflate their economy, but that will only last so long. When that shit collapses, it's going to collapse hard.
3917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down going on a week now on: April 27, 2011, 04:47:25 AM

Quote from: gellar on April 27, 2011, 02:55:43 AM

Quote from: msduncan on April 27, 2011, 02:43:55 AM

Well, I guess whatever goodwill the pricks from Anonymous had from the public that romanticized the whole hackers vs evil company thing is totally shot.    They should be treated as terrorists.

Anonymous is not all hackers and not all hackers are Anonymous.

Anonymous aren't even hackers to begin with. Most of them just use a pre-made application, type in a few values and hit "run". They aren't at all deserving of the attention they get in the media.

Also, Anonymous most likely had nothing to do with this situation.
3918  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: April 26, 2011, 11:42:14 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on April 26, 2011, 10:42:58 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 26, 2011, 05:49:09 PM

There's no official RP server in America for LOTRO, is there? With this transfer, if the European servers become available for US players, you'd suddenly have access to a real RP server. smile


How is the RP server different?

Ale

It enforces certain rules (at least in theory. It has slipped a little since the early days). Among these are naming conventions (if your name isn't appropriate to the setting, you must choose another one) and a requirement to never be out of character in public (ie. when talking with the Say command).
3919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kombat returns on: April 26, 2011, 08:49:07 PM

Quote from: skystride on April 26, 2011, 08:23:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 26, 2011, 06:39:01 PM

hopefully the endings are better than this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsvfP5BQxaw&feature=player_embedded

Wow that was awesome!  But I'm guessing MK9 doesn't have separate endings for characters because of story mode.

Yes it does. The traditional arcade mode is still available as Ladder mode, and each character has his own, individual ending there. Here's Kung Lao's ending, as an example (spoilers, obviously).

3920  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: April 26, 2011, 05:49:09 PM
There's no official RP server in America for LOTRO, is there? With this transfer, if the European servers become available for US players, you'd suddenly have access to a real RP server. smile
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